Prant writes that "...the new Times Square is a uniquely democratic experience. There is no screening process, no admission fees, and no reservations required. On a recent trip there, I observed hundreds of people using each of the pedestrianized Broadway blocks. Previous to the ban on autos, no more than 20 moving vehicles could fit on each of those same blocks. And rather than those relatively few motorists who merely passed through the space without fully appreciating it, we now accommodate many more people who choose it as a destination. It now functions as a linear park, a civilized place for walking, meeting, conversing, relaxing, observing. If one chooses to, you can even hear yourself think. And it's all free."
Thanks to Jeff Prant